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Cold War Military Technology and You

June 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


ABSTRACT The national security requirements of the Cold War drove the development of many new and improved technologies to meet critical defense and security needs. While many of these technologies have uniquely military or government applications, there are others that also have civilian and commercial applications.

This presentation will highlight how four different technologies developed for military applications during the Cold War, converge together into a product that you use every day.

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Mike Washvill

SPEAKER Mr. Washvill began his career in the United States Army in 1980 an an Electronic Warfare and Intercept Systems Technician, serving with the 1st Armored Division in West Germany from 1981-83, and at the Electronic Material Readiness Activity (EMRA) at Vint Hill Farms Station (VHFS) in Warrenton, Virginia from 1983-84. After leaving the Army in 1984, he began work with Motorola Communications and Electronics Corporation, and later with the Federal Government, as an Electronic Technician and later an Electrical Engineer, designing, deploying, and operating wide-area radio and wireline audio, video, and data systems.

Mr. Washvill began volunteering at the Cold War Museum in 2017, where he now conducts tours, performs research, and creates and presents informational and educational presentations on Cold War topics to schools, community groups, and professional organizations.

Mr. Washvill is a graduate of the US Army Intelligence School Devens (USAISD)-Electronic Warfare and Intercept Systems Technician course (1981) and George Mason University-Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering (BSEE) (1997).

Hybrid: In-Person and Online


June 20, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bldg. 3 Auditorium at Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, 20771 United States
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